Bible Passage of the Week
Faith and Works
Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, “Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!” and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup—where does that get you? Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?

I can already hear one of you agreeing by saying, “Sounds good. You take care of the faith department, and I’ll handle the works department.” Not so fast. You can no more show me your works apart from your faith than I can show you my faith apart from my works. Faith and works, works and faith, fit together hand in glove.

James 2:14-18 (The Message)
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
Let’s celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month on Sunday, October 13th. On that Sunday, we will have a joint service combining our main 10:30 AM service with our Hispanic afternoon congregation. After that combined 10:30 AM service, everyone is invited to share an international potluck dinner. We are asking each family to bring a favorite dish based upon their ethnic history, or on a recipe that has been in their family for generations. Our hope is that we will all get to know one another better, and grow closer in love as a church family.

Women’s Bible Study News
The Monday Women’s Small Group Bible Study will resume on Monday, September 9th, and it will continue throughout the school year. The Study will meet in Sunday school room 5 from 1:00-2:30 PM. Please contact Diana Williams or Sharon Cayce for more information.

The Wednesday Evening Women’s Bible Study has moved its location—beginning on September 25th. It now meets at Fran Carrillo’s home at 10509 Cone Grove Road. The small group meets from between 7:00 and 8:00 PM every Wednesday evening. All ladies are invited! Please contact Fran (at 677-6836) for more information.

Lifeline Screening Event Planned for October
Lifeline Screening will be in Crichton Fellowship Hall on Wednesday, October 9th from 8 AM until 1:00 PM. Lifeline Screening offers a number of mainly ultrasound tests to help older citizens detect potential life-threatening cardiovascular conditions, and to alert us to take actions to prevent heart attacks and strokes.  Please go to this website to arrange an appointment time and to find out about the tests that might be right for you.

ESOL and GED Classes
Pastor Norma Encarnacion will be leading an English as a Second Language class, and, in conjunction with Project ECHO, conducting GED classes in both English and Spanish. These classes are being held in Sunday school rooms 7 and 8 on Thursday evenings from 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM. There are still openings available, and enrollment continues. Please contact Pastor Norma for additional information at (813)389-3607 or at

The Pumpkins Are Coming!
The youth’s pumpkins are scheduled to arrive on Saturday, October 12th at 8am, so they will need everyone to try to be there to help unload. The October Pumpkin Patch is their main fundraiser for Summer Camp.

Fitness and Fun
On Saturdays from 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM, Rolinda Smoak is conducting Fitness and Fun sessions in Crichton Fellowship Hall. You can enjoy some fun, fitness, and fellowship while listening to the tunes of our favorite songs of faith. Come dressed to move. You can perform exercises sitting or standing, and as an option, you can bring some light hand weights for additional toning. You can contact Rolinda (453-0190) for more information.


Sunday Services
Early Worship Service, 
8:00 AM
Sunday School, 9:00 AM
Relationships/Refreshments, 10:00 AM-10:25 AM
Worship Service, 10:30 AM
Hispanic Worship Service
 12:00 Noon

Rev. Louis Telcy, Pastor
Norma Encarnacion, Lay Pastor,  Hispanic Congregationn

Here at Riverview First United Methodist Church, it is our mission to win people to Christ, to train believers to become disciples, and to send disciples to impact our community and the world for Jesus Christ.
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8002 U. S. Highway 301 South, Riverview, FL  33578  813-677-5995
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CHILDREN.  Children's Choir meets on Wednesdays at 6:45 for 20 minutes. Then there is story time and arts and crafts that end at 7:45. Children's Choir also meets on Sundays at 9:00 for 20 minutes, and then the children go to Sunday School class until 10:00. We are practicing for the Children's Christmas program (which will be December 15, 2019) at this time and what we need is more children! Come out and have some fun!

ACOLYTE TRAINING.  We are looking forward to the acolyte training on the agenda for Wednesday, September 11th from 7 to 8 PM.

FITNESS FOR EVERYONE.  Starting September 14th on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in Crichton Hall, we will have a fitness program. Fun , fitness and fellowship to the tunes of our favorite songs of faithwill be shared. Come dressed to move. You can do this sitting or standing and if you like you can bring some light hand weights for some extra toning.

HISPANIC ADULT CLASSES.  We presently have 24 students enrolled in our English as a Second Language (ESOL) class, with approximately 12 different students attending each week. Our GED Class has 5 students so far which have been attending class consistently! We are also planning a citizenship class and an extension to the ESOL Class brewing! We are even planning a Spanish language class for English speakers to begin early in 2020--stay tuned!

YOUTH.  Our R.U.S.H. (R U Serving Him) Youth Group meets on Wednesday and Sunday evenings from 6-8 pm. All youth from middle through high school age are welcome to come and share a combination of fun, fellowship, food and a foundation in the essentials of a Christian Faith. We also offer the experience of a youth-led Praise Team, and the opportunity to grow and serve in worship and the outreach ministries of RUMC.

SMALL GROUPS.  Come check out our small groups. On Sundays, the Gleaners class meets at 9:00 AM in the church library with a traditional quarterly adult study. Journey, another adult class meeting in Sunday School room 8, also at 9:00 AM, is currently exploring Paul’s Letter to the Romans with the Daylight Bible Series and an “on-scene” video. On Mondays, from 1:00-2:30 PM, the Monday Ladies Bible Study meets in Room 6, and another Ladies Bible Study meets on Wednesday evenings at the home of Fran Carillo at 7:00 PM. The Pastor and the Hispanic congregation also conduct bible studies on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM in the Library and in Crichton Hall, respectively.

RESTORE.  RESTORE served 506 families during the month of July—which is an increase of 100 families over a year ago. As August numbers are counted, we are expecting a similar increase in our client base. We are thankful and blessed to be able to meet the needs of our community! Volunteer opportunities for both the thrift store and food pantry are available. Any support is much needed and appreciated. RESTORE is planning its next yard sale for Saturday, October 26th. Proceeds from that sales will go toward providing a Thanksgiving dinner for pantry patrons.

Upcoming Events
Sunday, September 29
  • Noisy Offering for Florida UM Children’s Home, Sanctuary, 10:30 AM

Tuesday, October 1
  • Trustee Committee Meeting, Library, 7:00 PM

Tuesday, October 8
  • Finance Committee Meeting, Library, 7:00 PM

Wednesday, October 9
  • Life Line Screening. Pre-registration required by calling 1-888-653-6450

Saturday, October 12
  • Pumpkins Arrive, Church Campus, Morning
  • Charge Conference, First UMC, Plant City, 2:00 PM

Sunday, October 13
  • Hispanic Heritage Combined Service, Sanctuary, 10:30 AM
  • Hispanic Heritage International Potluck, Fellowship Hall, 11:45 AM

Sunday, October 20
  • Pastor Appreciation Day, Sanctuary, 10:30 AM

Monday, October 21
  • Staff-Parish Relations Committee, Library, 6:30 PM

Saturday, October 26
  • RESTORE Yard Sale, Church Campus, 8:00 AM-1:00 PM
  • Children’s Activities, Church Campus, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM

Sunday, October 27
  • Stewardship Thank You Luncheon, Fellowship Hall, 11:45 AM
Pastor Telcy's Sermon "Jesus Has a Word for You" on the Pastors Message page.